Bring on the Sheep!

April 23, 2009 09:35 – 09:35

I hate mowing lawns, and I hate the industrial-sized eardrum shattering services that disrupt neighbor peace from late March through early December. So, I would never hire such a service. Here’s my idea for an eco-friendly alternative that doesn’t involve spending $20K for a landscape makeover.

The lawn care team shows up twice a month. They erect one of those temporary roll-up fences (green instead of orange) around the perimeter of the lawn to be tended, carefully blocking off flowerbeds and vegetable gardens—hopefully, encompassing the entire neighborhood . They release a sufficient number of hungry sheep into the temporary pen, and use sheepdogs to quickly manage the consumption of the lawns. They herd the sheep back into the conveyance, massage any droppings into the ground for fertilizer, and then leave.

I don’t know how long this would take, but I’d rather hear one day of baaing twice a month than the daily incessant roar of inverted helicopters that go on from 8 am until 8 pm (sometimes earlier and sometimes later). I’d rather smell sheep than lawn mower exhaust. Am I the only one who is offended by the daily onslaught of noise from under-employed farm equipment that takes over the neighborhood soundscape on a daily basis for nine months of the year? Bring on the sheep!

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